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Depends on the crime. If you've got yourself a proven murderer for example... he/she deserves to be put to death.
On the other hand... things such as high treason can also result in the death penalty. Personally I think that is a bit unjust, unless their treason somehow led to loss of life.
Then there's tricky ones like child molesters, and people who talk at the movies. I say we send them straight to Special Hell.
I agree about the movie talkers. I think we should extend the list to guys who cut their sleeves, people who name their kids after themselves and call them "junior", people who harm or kill animals (if they are used for food then they should be treated like they have consciousness and live good lives before they are humanely executed), people who are happy all the time, emotionally and physically abusive parents that have been proven without doubt guilty (this is actually the child's choice of their punishment), and people who take selfies holding up the peace sign. More to come from my master plan.
Personally I'm against the death penalty, instead I support a special hell-on-earth for murderers, rapists, child molesters and other low lives that have committed crimes that involve the death or violation of some one, though of course I wouldn't except such a punishment for people that are charged with petty crimes.
True, but it costs the nation in question's tax payers less to just hang the sons of bitches.
I know how to bypass having to pay for criminals through the tax payers money. Make them work! Build one of these Goulags for the scum of the species in a ore rich area, and every day put them to work in giant chain gangs, and weigh their tools down so they can't raise it high enough to pierce a guard's head.
If they're mining an ore rich area, 50 percent of the money from what they produce can be used for keeping the prison operating, the other 50 percent can go right into the treasury to be spent on more important things, like sterilization programs for people that talk in movie theatres, eat with their mouth open, and say "Yolo" and "Swag".
I think we just solved the problem... but let's not give them weighted tools. Last thing we need is for them to start getting stronger than average. We make sure we have snipers. And maybe a moat with alligators just to be sure.
Psychologically speaking if the punishment is harsher than the possible gain of doing something than most sane individuals that care about their future would not want to do a horrible thing. However that is not the case with psychos, they likely don't care about their future as much as a normal person would so with that kind of people I have no idea how to effectively deal with them.
I think if you can't pull the lever yourself while looking into their eyes, then you can't be for the death penalty at all. I support rehab but it will be organized by professionals in psychology and psychiatry. I want to eradicate crime, not people.
---Leftist Mode Off---
I'm a big fan of executions, however it is often a tool of racism so that ****** on the fun. And it doesn't really deter anyone from pulling stupid **** more than a life sentence in jail, so practically speaking it's a pointless option.
Bring back burning people at the stake and don't let people sit on death row for more than a month, then you'll get some reactions from the death penalty. Also the name sucks, it isn't scary enough to get the point across. Call it 'death needle' or something, 'death penalty' sounds like a video game term for having to restart from a checkpoint.
I see I'm not the only fan of George Carlin lol
It's just wrong. Let's say that you are accused of shooting some guy in a bar. Evidence show that you are responsible. 2 months later you are executed for murder. Another 2 months later more evidence shows that you were innocent all along. What is the judge gonna tell to your family?
Who's gonna revive you?
This topic is difficult to discuss. As we live in a more liberal age than our forefathers who created these laws, capital punishment is generally frowned upon. I, however, am in favour of it in cases where it is not likely but provable that someone committed a serious crime (rape, murder, terrorism). That said, I'm also a guy who believes that prisons are for punishment, not rehabilitation and that we should remove animal testing in favour of prisoner testing in return for a slight sentence reduction. Read into that what you will.
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